I'm a member from across the pond. (And a far ways across the continent on the other side, too!) I joined because I'm a folk-wonky sort. Curious about the organization, really interested in English folk song and dance. Can't take much advantage of the services other than the publications (going to the Library is a pilgrimage I hope to make someday), but am interested in supporting an organization that promotes traditional music and dance.
Speaking of bickering, the quarterly magazine is now under new editorship with several format changes in effect, starting with the spring issue. It'll be interesting to see what it looks like.
~ Becky in Tucson (Arizona)